DALLAS The defending NBA champs made one last stand Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With perhaps their most complete quarter of the season, the Dallas Mavericks raced to a 13-point lead.
But that lead evaporated as Thunder guard James Harden put on one of the most cold-blooded displays you'll see this postseason. He embarrassed at least three different Mavs defenders while keying a 15-2 run that allowed the Thunder to tie the score. At that point, the proud, aging Mavs surrendered in a 103-97 loss that echoed the outcomes of Games 1 and 2.
It's remarkable that we're less than a year removed from Oklahoma City not being able to close out games against the Mavs in the Western Conference finals. In this year's series, the Thunder had all the answers in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had done most of the scoring damage in the first three games, but in Game 4 Harden showed why this Thunder team has a legitimate shot at winning it all.
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